On Friday (the 13th) I went to see David Cronenberg's The Brood at Texas Theatre. Arriving thirty minutes early seems like an unnecessary precaution. The place was sparsely populated save for a few regulars, some employees, and two DJs -- Gabe and Gavin G -- set up in a corner. Still, it was a welco ... More >>
Barbecue isn't just a dinner food. Oh no. It's a round the clock affair (although my mooted chain of restaurants Brisket for Breakfast is yet to take off). Many lunch-only barbecue venues exist around Dallas, and what nicer midpoint to the working day is there than an injection of hot meat and sau ... More >>
Last Tuesday, four men smashed the front door of Southern Staple Supply in the 7000 block of John Carpenter Freeway, stole 30 air guns and an air compressor worth a combined $14,000, then drove away in a white van. You can see the video here All four suspects are described as Hispanic males. Three ... More >>
Friday, January 13, at Zubar
From the Downtown Parks Master PlanJust seven years ago, Carpenter Plaza Park was supposed to be part of a larger gateway to the Arts District.We've known for a long while now that the upcoming expansion of expansion of César Chávez Boulevard and Pearl Expressway downtown, from Commerce Street ... More >>
Gennarino's The crew behind the frist Dallas friggitoria.Gennarino's announced last night they are officially hitting the streets. Gimme a big FINE-A-FRICKIN'-LEE! They've been teasing us about their Neapolitan-style friggitoria for over a month. Now, Raffealel, Armando and Alessio are ready to ... More >>
Above is a video just posted by the Dallas Police Department in which two men smash-n-grab the Brook Mays on John Carpenter, stealing as many instruments as they can get their mitts on in the wee small hours of June 7. But it's a two-parter: A few hours later they're seen again at an Oak Cliff pawn ... More >>
A shot from the 1974 short film Big DI was looking for something completely, entirely, absolutely unrelated on the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's website this afternoon when I came across this recent addition to its back catalog: a short film called Big D, which comes from the Dallas Municip ... More >>
I don't work in Dallas and driving there for lunch, a blind date lunch no less, was a hard sell. So, when my friend who set me up on my first blind lunch date said it was five minutes from my office, I said "deal." (I recently went on two different blind dates. Why? I don't know. Maybe becaus ... More >>
Courtesy Oak Cliff FoundationLast I heard, the folks behind the Texas Theatre's extreme makeover still needed some $7 million to get the historic Oak Cliff movie palace completely put back together again. (Some $2 mil has been raised and spent since redo efforts began in '01, but those Cliffdwell ... More >>
Good God. We're slowly but surely working our way through the Dallas International Film Festival offerings -- though, from the sound of the press release that just landed in the in-box, we'd best hustle. Why come? Only a couple of weeks after that fest wraps is the Texas Frightmare Film Festival, ... More >>
If Elaine knew she was going to see a naked guy on a billboard today, she would have brought a better camera.Our own Elaine Liner had a whole different flavor of Theater Jones moments ago on southbound John Carpenter Freeway near the Regal Row exit -- right across the street from The Fan's HQ, ma ... More >>
John W. Carpenter Papers, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library,Ben Carpenter, son of John, is the one seen here pointing to a Trinity River canal master planYour Trinity River correspondent and advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist, which would be me, had two interesting e ... More >>
Friend of Unfair Park PeterK, who knows of my affection for old Dallas photos, sends word of this rare gem for sale on eBay: a portrait -- or, perhaps, a self-portrait -- of Charles Erwin Arnold. If you're unfamiliar with the name (or the nickname, "Painter of the Lens"), perhaps you've seen some ... More >>
Cadillac Ranch857 John Carpenter FwyIrving972-506-7262Cadillac Ranch was a roller coaster ride when I reviewed the place sometime in...well, less than a year ago. My short term memory cuts in an out, even though I take plenty of herb-infused medicine for the problem.Tastes medicinal, anyway.I sto ... More >>
Six years ago, Cynthia Fitzgerald filed in Dallas federal court a complaint that The New York Times predicted in 2007 "could become one of the largest whistle-blower lawsuits on record." The suit stemmed from Fitzgerald's tenure at Novation -- a company HQ'd on John Carpenter Freeway that sells m ... More >>
Unbeknownst to me, semi-local singer/songwriter Guthrie Kennard has set up a sort of residency at the Los Colinas nightspot Cadillac Ranch. If I'd been paying better attention, I would have already hustled my ass up John Carpenter Freeway and caught Kennard's fine examples of Americana much earlier ... More >>
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Rodriguez and Tarantino overcome nostalgia in their cut-and-run grindhouse mash note
This Assault attacks the original and does no damage
This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.
Friday, October 15
The Mexican caper Nicotina is all smoke and no fire
Schrader turns the lens on Bob Crane...and?
Scotty Crane is tired of getting the shaft from Paul Schrader
John Carpenter stages a spooky showdown on the red planet
The Deep Ellum Film Festival returns, suffering from the Terrific Twos
Blair Witch 2 blurs fact and fiction, but the truth is, it ain't scary
The horrors of reality
What do you get when you cross a horse with a white elephant? The Las Colinas Equestrian Center.
Thirteenth Floor proves virtual reality bites
John Carpenter sinks his fangs into the screen's vampire tradition
May 28 - June 3, 1998
The Trinity River Plan's billion-dollar vision of levees, parks, and ponds has Mayor Ron Kirk--and most of Dallas--spellbound. But engineers warn it could lead to a flooding catastrophe and destroy the same poor neighborhoods it's designed to help.
Volcano destroys Los Angeles with hot magma and cool affection
Wes Craven's Scream is bloody hilarious
Is Escape from L.A. campy comedy or awful action? You decide.
John Carpenter's promising Village of the Damned never flowers
The hyped-up supernatural thriller Hideaway is too sloppy to be scary
Why the new wave of horror films can't scare us